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Ancient Geology Reveals Future Tech Materials

Beneath the plains of Western Victoria, known geologically as the Stavely Arc, could lie the minerals needed to boost the State’s supply of advanced technologies. Minister for Resources Jaclyn Symes today announced that Earth Resources Regulation (ERR) has issued Victorian-based Westrock Minerals a Minerals Exploration..

Delivering Projects And Creating Jobs In Regional Victoria

The Victorian Government is continuing to back community projects in regional Victoria that create jobs and make our regions even better places to live and work. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today announced 35 projects in rural and regional communities that will share in..

Upskilling Workers To Boost Victoria’s Dairy Workforce

Job seekers matched with Victorian dairy farmers looking for help will be brought up to speed with specific training as part of a new program run by Dairy Australia and backed by the Victorian Government. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today announced $715,000 for the..

Online Cuppa And Chat Making A Connection

An online support network is encouraging rural women to put the kettle on or have a splash of wine whilst having a virtual chat to share ideas and experiences in staying connected during the coronavirus pandemic. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today launched the Virtual..

Digital Gains For Grains And Ag Students At Longerenong

Longerenong College near Horsham is ploughing ahead with providing agricultural students access to the latest in agriculture technology, backed by the Victorian Government. New machinery and other equipment including a new airseeder, self-propelled boomspray, variable rate fertiliser spreader and remote sensing equipment has arrived in..

Upskilling The Next Generation Of Victorian Farmers

Young farmers across Victoria are being encouraged to take advantage of an opportunity to expand their skills, knowledge and agricultural expertise through the latest program backed by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today launched this year’s Upskill and Invest Young Farmers..

Continued Support For Drought Affected Farmers

Drought-impacted farmers will now be able to receive expanded grant support from the Victorian Government to ensure they have more access to the technology and expertise they need now and to prepare for future seasons. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today announced the changes to..

Resources Provide Building Blocks Of Victorian Resilience

Victoria’s resources sector is stepping up to help keep the state running – from the everyday essentials we rely on at home and at work to the materials driving the state’s nation-leading construction program. Minister for Resources Jaclyn Symes today acknowledged the efforts made by..

Game On For 2021 With One-Year Hunting Licence Extension

Victoria’s 50,000-plus recreational game hunters will be compensated for lost hunting opportunities with the Andrews Labor Government set to extend all current game licences by one year. In recognition of the unprecedented impact on Victoria’s game hunters caused by mandatory social distancing measures, the expiry..

Backing Agriculture Businesses During Coronavirus

The Victorian Government is working closely with the state’s agricultural sector to ensure its crucial supply chains can continue unbroken during the coronavirus pandemic. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes has established the Victorian Agriculture Industry Reference Group, bringing together Agriculture Victoria and industry representatives. This..

Better Weather Data To Give Farmers More Certainty

Farmers across the Wimmera and Southern Mallee can now make vital management decisions with more confidence, as the new Rainbow weather radar begins to transmit real-time data across the region. The new Doppler radar fills a gap in the radar network, giving farmers more accurate..

Backing The Science, Protecting Farmers And Boosting Jobs

The Andrews Labor Government is backing the science to create jobs and bolster energy supply with new legislation to lift the moratorium on onshore gas exploration and production, and ban fracking for good. The Labor Government will introduce two Bills today. The first will enshrine..

Knowledge Is Power For Drought-Affected Farmers

Victorian farming communities impacted by drought and dry seasonal conditions will have more access to the information and expertise they need, thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government. The $650,000 Farming and Community Group Drought Funding program, which is now open, provides grants of up to..

Road-Train Network Extended For Drought Relief

The Andrews Labor Government is making it easier and safer to deliver grain and hay to drought-affected communities across Australia. Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford announced the temporary extension of Victoria’s road-train network to include a southbound route between Charlton..

Forrest Mountain Bike Trail On Track With Funding Boost

Mountain bike enthusiasts will soon have new tracks and trails in Forrest thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government that will rejuvenate existing tracks and establish new world-class tracks. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes was in Forrest today to announce $500,000 for the..

Activating Timboon Town Centre With Funding Grant

Timboon will have a new and improved town centre thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government that will improve traffic flow, functionality and accessibility of the south west Victorian town. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes was in Timboon this morning to announce $300,000..

Garvoc Community Wins Big With Backing For New Hub

The Garvoc community is celebrating today, with funding flowing from the Andrews Labor Government towards a new hub that will be a vital local meeting place and focal point of the town. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes announced that Garvoc Hall would receive $400,000..

Gas Storage Brings Jobs And Energy Security

The Andrews Labor Government’s Victorian Gas Program has identified additional potential underground gas storage sites that can deliver benefits such as creating jobs, mitigating short-term price peaks and protecting the state from supply interruptions. Minister for Resources Jaclyn Symes visited the Iona Gas Plant in Port Campbell today to meet with workers and see first-hand the innovative underground..